1950 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #274 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for “a life of ease and plenty.” Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wrestler.
1959 • 90 minutes • 1.37:1 • France
Spine: #196 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from Alain Resnais is one of the most influential films of all time.
1966 • 168 minutes • 1.66:1 • Sweden
Spine: #766 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
This mesmerizing debut by the great Swedish director Jan Troell is an epic bildungsroman and a multilayered representation of early twentieth-century Sweden.
1969 • 107 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #200 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Based on a shocking true story and shot in documentary-style black and white, The Honeymoon Killers is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love.
1973 • 116 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #769 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This affectionate farce from François Truffaut about the joys and strife of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films.
1979 • 117 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #765 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A wild horse saves a young boy’s life after a terrifying shipwreck and the two become unlikely friends in Carroll Ballard’s cinematic tour de force, adapted from Walter Farley’s classic children’s novel.
1980 • 107 minutes • 1.85:1 • Australia
Spine: #773 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Director Bruce Beresford garnered international acclaim for this riveting drama set during a dark period in his country’s colonial history, and featuring passionate performances by Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown, and Jack Thompson.
Brian De Palma
1980 • 105 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #770 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Brian De Palma ascended to the highest ranks of American suspense filmmaking with this virtuoso, explicit erotic thriller.
1981 • 123 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #768 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
An astounding array of talent came together for the big-screen adaptation of John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, a postmodern masterpiece that had been considered unfilmable.
1981 • 123 minutes • 1.66:1 • Poland
Spine: #772 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic series The Decalogue and the Three Colors trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski made his first work of metaphysical genius, Blind Chance.
1985 • 98 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #767 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Stephen Frears was at the forefront of the British cinematic revival of the mid-1980s, and the delightfully transgressive My Beautiful Laundrette is his greatest triumph of the period.
1986 • 117 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #775 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Merchant Ivory Productions, led by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, became a household name with A Room with a View, the first of their extraordinary adaptations of E. M. Forster novels.
1990 • 101 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #774 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
A decade after he broke through with Breaker Morant, Australian director Bruce Beresford made another acclaimed film about the effects of colonialism on the individual.
2012 • 94 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #776 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
An island off the New England coast, summer of 1965. Two twelve-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard received another nomination for her searing, deeply felt performance as a working-class woman desperate to hold on to her factory job, in this gripping film from master Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale “The Killers” is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features.